ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CWO
1. To be clear about the clubs responsibilities when running activities for children and young people. This involves:
• ensuring these responsibilities are well understood by others
• working with the Youth League Welfare Officer (YLWO)
• working with your County FA Welfare Officer
• promoting The FA’s Respect Programme and helping to develop best practice processes
2. To help club personnel understand what their ‘duty of care’ towards children and young people actually means and entails on a day-to-day basis. In order to carry out your responsibilities you need to follow these five simple steps:
a) Put in place:
• a safeguarding children policy, anti-bullying policy and equality policy
• responsible recruitment processes including the taking up of references and submitting FA CRB checks (getting the right people into the game)
• The FA Respect Programme codes of conduct
• what the Respect Programme aims to do
• the benefits of implementing the Respect codes
• the quick wins to be gained by using The FA’s safeguarding children best practice guidance (e.g. Travel, Trips and Tournaments, Photography guidelines, Anti-bullying Policy and Safeguarding Children Policy Template)
• why certain roles require an FA CRB check and how The FA CRB process works
• how to refer a concern about the welfare of a child
c) Communicate with:
• club officials about the Respect Programme and its aims
• parents/spectators and get them to sign up to the Respect codes
• parents and new players by getting involved with running ‘start of season’ welcome sessions for members
• coaches and managers about the importance of being consistent role models for their players
• your Youth League Welfare Officer – introduce yourself, find out how they can support you and let them know what you are doing to safeguard children in your club
• your County FA Welfare Officer if you need help or advice
• The FA by taking part in surveys, questionnaires, focus groups as and when asked
• parents to complete the Respect education programme
• coaches, team managers, first aiders/medics to complete The FA’s Safeguarding Children Workshop
• coaches and team managers to listen to their players thoughts, ideas and views
• the committee to make use of the Respect Programmes designated spectator area at all games
• repeated incidents of poor behaviour and liaise with your committee (and where necessary Youth League Welfare Officer or County FA Welfare Officer)
• compliance with FA CRB checks through The FA CRB Unit for those who require one using The FA Safeguarding Online System
Alison Davison 47, of Chandler’s Ford has been named as Eastleigh Football Club Community Captain in recognition of their incredible work with the Eastleigh Football Club Community Trust Pan Disability Football League.
The Community Captain accolade is being given to more than 100 members of the public who have made an outstanding contribution to their club and local community, as part of the Premier League’s 30th anniversary celebrations.
Alison received the accolade at The Silverlake Stadium where she received a PL30 Community Captain armband and pennant.
Lee Bradbury who presented Alison’s Community Captain award, said: “The work Alison does, with not only the football club’s disability team but the wider community, is fantastic and so worthwhile for those who are not able to access mainstream football. I am really pleased to be able to reward Alison with the Community Captain accolade for the work she does in our community.
Alison said “It is a privilege to have been chosen to be the Community Captain for the Club. Being a part of the Disability Football is such an honour as there are so many inspirational children and adults, all with their own stories, who play on a monthly basis under the Eastleigh FC Community Trust Pan Disability Football League. We are not stopping at football, our next venture is ParaNetball which will offer so many more children and adults an avenue to an active lifestyle.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “As we mark 30 years since the Premier League first kicked off, it is important we celebrate the unsung heroes who deliver brilliant work in their communities. These people – whether they are participants, coaches, volunteers or long-time employees – are the lifeblood of their clubs and their communities.
“The continued success of Premier League football enables us to provide unprecedented investment in communities and wider football. As we look to the future, we are committed to investing more than ever, to help develop the game and provide opportunities to people of all ages.
Across England and Wales, Premier League investment supports the community organisations of all 92 Premier League and English Football League clubs, plus the 72 National League clubs.
Over the next three years, the League will continue its world-leading levels of support by contributing £1.6 billion to communities and the wider game.
A sum of £9m is available to support National League clubs with running costs and sustainability. A further £3.6m will be available via the Premier League and Professional Footballers’ Association’s partnership to support the National League Trust and the network of club community organisations.
This includes increased investment into the Premier League Fans’ Fund, with £5m available to support fan engagement projects across the top four divisions of the football pyramid. The League is also investing an additional £13.5 million into the Football Foundation to create small-sided pitches in the heart of communities that need them the most. The tour will also give an opportunity to highlight new Premier League investment into women’s and girls’ football, including the Emerging Talent Centres announced earlier this summer.
To find out more, please visit premierleague.com